In-Person Workshop
We have not seen significant improvement in educational quality over the past several decades despite all the reform efforts, but we have seen a significant decline in students psychological and social wellbeing. We have experienced massive transformations in society through technology over the past few decades, but we have not seen major changes in how schools operate. What should schools do? In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao discusses why schools should aim to help each student reach for their own greatness and how personalization is the only way that enables individual students to become great and use their greatness to create value for others and the society.

Specifically, Yong will focus on the following:
  1. Why personalization is the only possible way to improve education?
  2. Why reaching for individual greatness is the only way to help children thrive in the age of smart machines?
  3. Why personalization is possible today and how to use technology to enable personalization?
  4. How to develop creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through personalization?
  5. How to help students develop the service mindset, that is, to use their individual greatness to create value for others and the world?
  6. How to change your school and/or classes for personalization?
  7. Examples of successful schools around the world that have engaged in personalization of learning by students.
"We kindly request the schools consider the registration of groups consisting of four or more participants"
Yong Zhao
Dr. Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education.

Yong Zhao has received numerous awards including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Outstanding Public Educator from Horace Mann League of USA, Distinguished Achievement Award in Professional Development from the Association of Education Publishers, ACEL Nganakarrawa Award, and AECT 2022 Outstanding Digital Learning Artifact Award and AECT Distinguished Development Award. He has been recognized as one of the most influential education scholars.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and nearly 40 books, including Duck and Cover: Confronting and Correcting Dubious Practices in Education (w R. Ginsberg) (2023), Improbable Probabilities: The Unlikely Journey of Yong Zhao (w G. W. McDiarmid) (2023), Learning for Uncertainty: Teaching Students in a Rapidly Evolving World (w G. W. McDiarmid) (2022), Learners without Borders (2021), Teaching Students to Become Self-Determined Learners (w M. Wehmeyer) (2021), An Education Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How Radical Changes Can Spark Student Excitement and Success (2019) What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education (2018), Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children (2018), Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009)and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012). He has also worked with numerous schools to design new models of education within the existing school.

Zhao was born in China's Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his masters in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.
To be Announced

8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8:00 am
on the 26th January 2024
USD 890 Closing Date 15th January 2024
Group Discount for a Group of 5 USD 790 Closing at 1st December 2023
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
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